NIRPS cooling system

To be able to operate in the infrared, the Near Infrared Planet Searcher (NIRPS) instrument needs to be kept extremely cool, to prevent heat from interfering with the observations. Here we see the cylindrical cryogenic chamber within which the instrument's optical parts are installed. The cryogenic chamber keeps the components in a vacuum environment and cooled down to a freezing -190 degrees Celsius. NIRPS, which is installed on ESO's 3.6-metre telescope, had first light in mid-2022. 


F. Bouchy (Observatoire de Genève)/NIRPS consortium/ESO

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Release date:27 June 2022, 15:00
Related announcements:ann22009
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Type:Unspecified : Technology : Observatory : Instrument
Category:La Silla

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